Gweek 010: "Losing is Fun!"

Gweek is Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, science fiction & fantasy, video games and board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff.

In this episode, Rob and Mark interview Jonah Weiner, the author of "Where Do Dwarf-Eating Carp Come From?" an article in the New York Times Magazine about the game Dwarf Fortress.

Show notes:

1. Dwarf Fortress, Rob's experience with the game.

2. The amazing crime comic book mini series Blue Estate.

3. Boing Boing switches from Movable Type to WordPress and hopefully gets a lot faster.

4. LEGO Mindstorms.

5. Dexter Industries' Sensors for LEGO Mindstorms

6. Six Days, by Philip Webb.

7. Interview with Jonah Weiner, author of Dwarf Fortress article in the NY Times Magazine.

8. 1000 True Fans, by Kevin Kelly.

9. Dungeons of Dredmor.

10. Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

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  1. Losing is not really fun… It’s just that the game doesn’t have any other significant goal or victory condition other than eventual destruction.  It would be cool if there were an escalation phase where certain metrics at certain levels would produce new game elements that constituted victory, but he’s decided not to go in that direction at all.  The game stands for what it is, and it is pretty fun.

  2. I loved this episode and am looking forward to the next.  I would ask the authors to please get a mike shield though; 10% of the time someone was breathing into the mike and it was almost blowing out my car’s base speakers (I had to turn up the volume since the voices were so soft).

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